Fri Jul 15 2016

10:00 PM

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

$12 (advance), $15

Ages 21+

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A hometown Pitchfork After Show with your boys in WHITNEY, now that's what we like to see! Little known fact: The first incarnation of this band made their live debut at the Bottle back in March of 2015 when they backed up Mr. JIMMY WHISPERS for his record release show. The promising young group, which features former SMITH WESTERNS guitarist and drummer MAX KAKACEK and JULIEN EHRLICH (also ex-UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA), combines mellow-but-tight pop-rock with dashes of psych, country and R&B. They've stirred up Chicago's DIY scene for over a year and have since turned into a dynamic, internationally-acclaimed sextet (septet if you count their trusty soundman, which they/we do). The group's been touring tirelessly across the U.S. and Europe for most of the year, gaining a rabid following before even releasing their fantastic debut LP, Light Upon The Lake, out June 3rd on Secretly Canadian. The whole damn city, ourselves included, are proud to see how much these fellas have grown over the past year and a half, so you can bet they'll have the kids movin' and groovin' on the dance floor tonight.

Pitchfork Festival After Show
Whitney / Michael Rault / Jimmy Whispers

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  • Whitney

    Whitney

    Pop

  • Michael Rault

    Michael Rault

    Pop Rock

    Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Rault is pleased to announce his new album and Wick Records debut (a Daptone Records subsidiary), It's A New Day Tonight, out May 18th. The Edmonton-born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter-producer began working on its songs in earnest after winding down the tour supporting his 2015 full-length Living Daylight, but getting to the point of having an album was a process. "Musically it came out of a period of dissatisfaction, creatively and personally, as I found myself pushing against the limitations of my abilities and approaches to making music." But those delays eventually paid off. As he was working on Tonight's songwriting, Rault kept entering the orbit of Wayne Gordon, producer and head engineer at Brooklyn's legendary Daptone studio. Sending Gordon early sketches of some songs led to Rault heading to Daptone for what was initially going to be a two-week recording stint. Midway through that Gordon approached him about signing to the Daptone Records label's fledgling rock spinoff, Wick—and becoming the first Canadian member of the Daptone family. Signing with Wick also led to Rault finishing the record at Daptone and bringing Gordon on as co-producer.

    It's A New Day Tonight has the loose-limbed feel of a lost album by '70s bands that bridged the gap between folk rock's open-hearted strumming and power pop's crisp, melody-forward confections—Wings, Badfinger, Big Star, 10cc—yet possesses an energy shot through with 21st-century optimism. The album's title (and title track) comes from the most Canadian of overheard sources: a pregame interview with a hockey player coming off a rocky night. "He said, 'It's a new day tonight, we've got to put the past behind us.' At first, I thought it was an awkward phrase," says Rault. "But I quickly thought: 'Awkward turn of phrase... or a good album title?' [The title track] is almost completely describing a very positive nightlife experience, but the opening line implies that this evening is coming as a major relief after spending the majority of the day depressed." It's this idea of new hope born from a period of hardship that drives the record. Hope springs eternal when day is over it's a new day tonight.

  • Jimmy Whispers

    Jimmy Whispers

    Alternative Rock

    In another life, Jimmy Whispers was James Cicero, vocalist and frontman for Chicago-based indie pop ensemble Light Pollution. After that group dissolved some years back, Whispers adopted his childhood nickname—he was a soft-spoken kid—for his solo work. His keyboard demos attracted the attention of fellow lo-fi eccentric Ariel Pink, who invited him to open a few of his shows. Whispers may have appeared as a kindred spirit to Pink, but the Midwestern songwriter approaches his work with far less theatricality and chaos than the volatile L.A. figure. His quick, sweet debut Summer in Pain is pared down to the basics, spelling out heartbreak and frustration with a tried-and-true palette of organs, drum machines, and a world-weary tremble.

    SUMMER IN PAIN

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Pitchfork Festival After Show

Whitney / Michael Rault / Jimmy Whispers

Fri Jul 15 2016 10:00 PM

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
Whitney, Michael Rault, Jimmy Whispers
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$12 (advance), $15 Ages 21+

A hometown Pitchfork After Show with your boys in WHITNEY, now that's what we like to see! Little known fact: The first incarnation of this band made their live debut at the Bottle back in March of 2015 when they backed up Mr. JIMMY WHISPERS for his record release show. The promising young group, which features former SMITH WESTERNS guitarist and drummer MAX KAKACEK and JULIEN EHRLICH (also ex-UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA), combines mellow-but-tight pop-rock with dashes of psych, country and R&B. They've stirred up Chicago's DIY scene for over a year and have since turned into a dynamic, internationally-acclaimed sextet (septet if you count their trusty soundman, which they/we do). The group's been touring tirelessly across the U.S. and Europe for most of the year, gaining a rabid following before even releasing their fantastic debut LP, Light Upon The Lake, out June 3rd on Secretly Canadian. The whole damn city, ourselves included, are proud to see how much these fellas have grown over the past year and a half, so you can bet they'll have the kids movin' and groovin' on the dance floor tonight.